Pahlaj Nihalani

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Pahlaj Nihalani said : "First of all, I wasn't even there when the photo-shoot for the film happened. She had gone for the shoot with her then-secretary Rakesh Nath who also looked after Madhuri Dixit. So what she wore for the photo-shoot or didn't wear was not my lookout," "Secondly does Kangana remember how desperately she needed this role in my film 'I Love You Boss', which she is now calling porn, and how much she requested me to cast her? Kangana had gone around the entire film industry with Aditya Pancholi knocking on every producer's door for work. But it didn't happen. No one signed her. Only I ventured to sign her, although I was advised against it," External link

news18 Saturday, March 30, 2019 12:52:00 PM EAT

Pahlaj Nihalani recalled : "Kangana said she won't work with Shatruji. She told me Zarina Wahabji had advised her not to. She didn't take Aditya Pancholi's name. She took his wife's name. I was livid. Was Kangana in a position to turn down a film with a legend like Shatrughan Sinha? That was the end of the project" External link

news18 Saturday, March 30, 2019 12:52:00 PM EAT

Pahlaj Nihalani tells : "I did not offer him Rangeela Raja " External link

rediff Monday, February 11, 2019 3:20:00 PM EAT

Pahlaj Nihalani recalls : "Though he married two or three times and though he has a son, Mahesh lived all alone. He had an impressive dog for a companion whom he was very proud of. He would take the dog everywhere; he treated it like a tiger," "Mahesh was all macho and tough, muscled and sinewy long before the gym culture hit the entertainment industry" External link

rediff Monday, February 11, 2019 3:20:00 PM EAT

Pahlaj Nihalani said : "I am being targeted for my blunt views on the workings of censor board, and because of me, my leading man Govinda is being targeted. If you ask me, Govinda and I have the maximum number of enemies in the film industry," External link

news18 Tuesday, January 22, 2019 1:57:00 PM EAT

Pahlaj Nihalani said : "I am being targeted for my blunt views on the workings of censor board, and because of me, my leading man Govinda is being targeted. If you ask me, Govinda and I have the maximum number of enemies in the film industry," External link

business-standard Tuesday, January 22, 2019 1:33:00 PM EAT

Pahlaj Nihalani said ( about Kader Khan ) : "Meeting him was always like running into an embodiment of the Hindi film industry. He could do anything, and he did everything. It's a pity his health began to fail in the last 10 years. Kader bhai had so much more to give," External link

business-standard Tuesday, January 1, 2019 2:11:00 PM EAT

Pahlaj Nihalani explains : "By questioning him before the censor certificate you are challenging the CBFC's authority as the final body to decide the fate of a film," External link

rediff Sunday, December 3, 2017 6:20:00 PM EAT

Pahlaj Nihalani asks : "Why is one of India's best film-makers being made to explain himself over and over again?" External link

rediff Sunday, December 3, 2017 6:20:00 PM EAT

Pahlaj Nihalani explains : "By questioning him before the censor certificate you are challenging the CBFC's authority as the final body to decide the fate of a film," External link

rediff Saturday, December 2, 2017 10:33:00 AM EAT

Pahlaj Nihalani asks : "Why is one of India's best film-makers being made to explain himself over and over again?" External link

rediff Saturday, December 2, 2017 10:33:00 AM EAT

Pahlaj Nihalani said : "It's Illegal to export film 'Padmavati' to UK before getting a certificate from India," External link

asiantribune Thursday, November 23, 2017 10:16:00 AM EAT

Pahlaj Nihalani said : "I have abided by all the rules and regulations which were given to me. I have done my job according to those directives. No one ever told me that CBFC is just a certification body, because there are acts in the rule book which I have to follow," "Also, before the Benegal Committee was appointed, I had suggested to the government that the guidelines devised in 1952 should be revised according to today's times and a rating system should be introduced," External link

ibtimes-in Tuesday, October 31, 2017 3:37:00 AM EAT

Pahlaj Nihalani told : "Children from the film industry are spared for obvious reasons. But young people from outside are not spared. Not only by producers. And it's not just girls who are exploited, it's also boys who are sexually exploited by producers, casting directors, casting agents and middlemen. Many of these middlemen are actually pimps. They promise roles to boys and girls in exchange for sexual favours on behalf of actors, producers, casting directors," External link

ibtimes-in Tuesday, October 31, 2017 3:37:00 AM EAT

Pahlaj Nihalani told : "The lobbying was against me and not the CBFC," External link

dnaindia Sunday, September 24, 2017 7:31:00 PM EAT

Pahlaj Nihalani says : "It's a very clean, adult, family film," External link

rediff Monday, September 4, 2017 7:20:00 PM EAT

Pahlaj Nihalani says : "Every film has a different story and different way to market. It is for the current chair at CBFC to decide cuts. If you can't digest an adult film, it's not my problem. I am not using my image as a publicity stunt to promote this film," External link

rediff Monday, September 4, 2017 7:20:00 PM EAT

Pahlaj Nihalani says : "It was a big challenge while it lasted. When I came in, there was rampant corruption in the CBFC. I got rid of all the middlemen and touts who made money in the censor certification process. They too must be celebrating Diwali in advance this year," External link

rediff Saturday, August 12, 2017 2:43:00 PM EAT

Pahlaj Nihalani said ( about Dil Hai ) : "Firstly, there is a difference in the intention and purpose of the kisses in Befikre, and the ones you mention in the earlier films (Tamasha & Ae Dil Hai Mushkil). Those earlier kisses were very intimate and sexual in nature, and were shot in lingering close-ups. In Befikre, the kisses are used as signs of affection warmth and kinship. And they are not shot in close-ups. That makes a helluva difference in terms of impact," External link

ibtimes-in Saturday, August 12, 2017 11:58:00 AM EAT

Pahlaj Nihalani said : “Omkara was her son Saif Ali Khan’s film. The board cleared it on her pressure which set the trend and release of films like Gangs of Wasseypur happened,” External link

expressindia Saturday, August 12, 2017 10:58:00 AM EAT

Pahlaj Nihalani says : "It was a big challenge while it lasted. When I came in, there was rampant corruption in the CBFC. I got rid of all the middlemen and touts who made money in the censor certification process. They too must be celebrating Diwali in advance this year," External link

rediff Saturday, August 12, 2017 8:17:00 AM EAT

Pahlaj Nihalani told : "That's our job as per rules," External link

rediff Wednesday, August 2, 2017 5:27:00 PM EAT

Pahlaj Nihalani said : "Maybe some self-appointed intellectuals of our film industry feel it is okay to break the law as long as they can ridicule the jurisdiction of the CBFC" External link

ibtimes-in Wednesday, March 8, 2017 6:14:00 AM EAT

Pahlaj Nihalani told : "Every Indian should think of the soldiers who are fighting terrorism and the enemy on the border. Actors are insignificant and we should not waste our energy on the issue of who said what on the issue, people should not give any importance to the statements they make," External link

dnaindia Sunday, October 9, 2016 7:01:00 PM EAT

Pahlaj Nihalani said : “Why are we talking about the artists? Instead, we should talk about India and Pakistan. To give a visa to any Pakistani is the sole decision of the government, and we as producers and actors, are saying they are not terrorists and that art and culture should never come in between,” “The way our country was developing relations with Pakistan, the same way Karan Johar and Shah Rukh Khan had accepted the Pakistani actors, and now, this film should be released and should not face difficulties, because through this, not only will these actors suffer losses, but also the nation and the film industry will suffer,” External link

tribune Monday, October 3, 2016 8:43:00 PM EAT

Pahlaj Nihalani told : “Why are we talking about the artists? Instead, we should talk about India and Pakistan. To give a visa to any Pakistani is the sole decision of the government, and we as producers and actors, are saying they are not terrorists and that art and culture should never come in between,” External link

dailytimesPK Monday, October 3, 2016 7:35:00 PM EAT

Pahlaj Nihalani said : "Why are we talking about the artists? Instead, we should talk about India and Pakistan. To give a visa to any Pakistani is the sole decision of the government, and we as producers and actors, are saying they are not terrorists and that art and culture should never come in between," "The way our country was developing relations with Pakistan, the same way Karan Johar and Shah Rukh khan had accepted the Pakistani actors, and now, these films (Raees and Ae Dil Hai Mushkil) should be released and should not face difficulties, because through this, not only will these actors suffer losses, but also the nation and the film industry will suffer," External link

dnaindia Saturday, October 1, 2016 4:54:00 PM EAT

Pahlaj Nihalani added ( about Karan Johar ) : “Karan Johar and other filmmakers signed Pakistani actors when relations(India-Pak) were fine,so would be wrong to try & stop their film release now,” External link

expressindia Friday, September 30, 2016 4:07:00 PM EAT

Pahlaj Nihalani informs ( about Appellate Tribunal ) : “Not for us. But the Film Certificate Appellate Tribunal, known as the Tribunal, still requires a DVD copy,” External link

dnaindia Friday, July 8, 2016 5:54:00 AM EAT

Pahlaj Nihalani said : “The person responsible has already been identified and the leak will be tracked down. We will cooperate if we are approached as part of the investigation,” External link

expressindia Wednesday, June 22, 2016 6:14:00 PM EAT

Pahlaj Nihalani said : “The person responsible has already been identified and the leak will be tracked down. We will cooperate if we are approached as part of the investigation,” External link

expressindia Friday, June 17, 2016 8:32:00 AM EAT

Pahlaj Nihalani said ( about Income Tax ) : "It's not about anyone's victory or defeat. Be it CBFC, Income Tax or any other department, people can appeal a higher authority against the order. This is a democracy and if people don't even have this right then anything can happen," "I was doing my duty. I will continue to do that as per the rules that are given to us. It is not a setback," External link

timesofoman Tuesday, June 14, 2016 9:38:00 PM EAT

Pahlaj Nihalani told : "We welcome the court's decision. I congratulate the producers on their win. We stand by the producers. They will obviously go to a place where they can get relief. It's their right," External link

mid-day Tuesday, June 14, 2016 2:08:00 PM EAT

Pahlaj Nihalani said ( about Income Tax ) : "It's not about anyone's victory or defeat. Be it CBFC or Income Tax or any other department, people can appeal a higher authority against the order. This is a democracy and if people don't even have this right then anything can happen," External link

mid-day Tuesday, June 14, 2016 2:08:00 PM EAT

Pahlaj Nihalani said : "he was only implementing the act that was framed for CBFC to function with full honesty" External link

economictimes Tuesday, June 14, 2016 3:40:00 AM EAT

Pahlaj Nihalani said : "The claim of the producer that the board asked him to change the title of the film is false," External link

ChinaPost Tuesday, June 14, 2016 3:33:00 AM EAT

Pahlaj Nihalani said : “We have cleared Udta Punjab under A (restricted for adult audience) category, after 13 cuts the CBFC's job is now over. It is now up to the producer to go to court or tribunal. We will implement the order” External link

dailytimesPK Monday, June 13, 2016 2:11:00 PM EAT

Pahlaj Nihalani told : “We have today cleared Udta Punjab under A (restricted for adult audience) category after 13 cuts,” External link

expressindia Monday, June 13, 2016 2:09:00 PM EAT

Pahlaj Nihalani said : “The CBFCs job is now over. It is now up to the producer to go to the court or tribunal. We will implement the order,” External link

expressindia Monday, June 13, 2016 2:09:00 PM EAT

Pahlaj Nihalani told : “We have today cleared Udta Punjab under A (restricted for adult audience) category after 13 cuts,” External link

expressindia Monday, June 13, 2016 8:06:00 AM EAT

Pahlaj Nihalani said : “The CBFCs job is now over. It is now up to the producer to go to the court or tribunal. We will implement the order,” External link

expressindia Monday, June 13, 2016 8:06:00 AM EAT

Pahlaj Nihalani told : “We have today cleared Udta Punjab under A (restricted for adult audience) category after 13 cuts,” External link

expressindia Monday, June 13, 2016 12:09:00 AM EAT

Pahlaj Nihalani said : “The CBFCs job is now over. It is now up to the producer to go to the court or tribunal. We will implement the order,” External link

expressindia Monday, June 13, 2016 12:09:00 AM EAT

Pahlaj Nihalani added : "This is not about the personal decision of the chairman or his views. I have no individual authority. We act as per the guidelines. I am a very liberal person but I am not the only person to have a say," External link

rediff Friday, June 10, 2016 11:07:00 PM EAT

Pahlaj Nihalani told : "The film has been passed. They need to submit the cuts and take the certificate," External link

TheFrontierPost-en Friday, June 10, 2016 2:53:00 PM EAT

Pahlaj Nihalani told : "The film has been passed. They need to submit the cuts and take the certificate," External link

mumbaimirror Thursday, June 9, 2016 12:22:00 PM EAT

Pahlaj Nihalani claimed ( about Anurag Kashyap ) : “I’ve heard Anurag Kashyap has taken money from AAP to show Punjab in bad light,” External link

expressindia Wednesday, June 8, 2016 9:20:00 PM EAT

Pahlaj Nihalani told ( about Anurag Kashyap ) : "There is absolutely no truth in his allegations and he (Kashyap) is lying to the media. Our job is to give a certificate to the movie, which we have and we have passed the movie. They should come and take the certificate from us along with cuts. The CBFC takes its individual decisions and the panel members then decide if the movie should be passed or not. We have taken a unanimous call and the picture has been cleared, but there are certain cuts that have been made," External link

dnaindia Wednesday, June 8, 2016 7:40:00 PM EAT

Pahlaj Nihalani told : “The film has been passed. They need to submit the cuts and take the certificate,” External link

tribune Wednesday, June 8, 2016 5:03:00 PM EAT

Pahlaj Nihalani claimed ( about Anurag Kashyap ) : "I've heard Anurag Kashyap has taken money from AAP to show Punjab in bad light," External link

dnaindia Wednesday, June 8, 2016 4:54:00 PM EAT

Pahlaj Nihalani told : "The film has been passed. They need to submit the cuts and take the certificate," External link

afp-en Wednesday, June 8, 2016 4:03:00 PM EAT

Pahlaj Nihalani said : "What dictatorship is he talking about? Nearly eight movies of his have been released in the last one year. Not once has he come here. Every time he creates noise by creating such unwanted controversy to get attention to get his movies running," External link

economictimes Wednesday, June 8, 2016 2:02:00 AM EAT

Pahlaj Nihalani said : "There is no pressure on us. They can go to the tribunal or court now. Our only concern is the entire movie is completely based on Punjab. All the characters are negative. It will hurt the whole community," External link

economictimes Wednesday, June 8, 2016 2:02:00 AM EAT

Pahlaj Nihalani told : "We have not recommended any cuts. Yes, the Examining Committee had a few reservations and couldn't come to a consensus on the film, because of which they suggested that the makers take the film to the Revising Committee. However, the makers decided to move to the tribunal instead, which is absolutely their call. Our decisions at the CBFC are not based on what a certain political group has to say about a movie. There is no ban from our end. We aren't authorised to ban a movie; we can pass it or reject it," External link

ibtimes-in Sunday, May 29, 2016 8:40:00 AM EAT

Pahlaj Nihalani told : “I have not made up these words. The list was given to me by my office and it was circulated among us. It was not for the media. It was not to be made public. It was given to them to follow the guidelines,” External link

expressindia Wednesday, February 18, 2015 7:36:00 AM EAT

Pahlaj Nihalani said : “Omkara was her son Saif Ali Khan’s film. The board cleared it on her pressure which set the trend and release of films like Gangs of Wasseypur happened,” External link

expressindia Tuesday, February 17, 2015 10:20:00 PM EAT

Pahlaj Nihalani said : “I have not made up these words. The list was given to me by my office and it was circulated among us. It was not for the media. It was not to be made public. It was given to them to follow the guidelines,” External link

expressindia Tuesday, February 17, 2015 10:20:00 PM EAT

Pahlaj Nihalani says : "The Maharashtra government officially changed the name of ‘Bombay’ to ‘Mumbai’ in 1995. Still, if filmmakers and song-writers continue to use the unconstitutional name for the city, we have no choice but to delete it. The city is called Mumbai, not Bombay. People like Mihir Joshi, who have probably grown up in the city, should know this. Making films and writing songs are a social responsibility. You can’t change Geography and History just to sound trendy" External link

rediff Wednesday, February 4, 2015 9:15:00 PM EAT

Pahlaj Nihalani says : "If a film is a period drama, if it is set during a time when Mumbai was called Bombay, we may consider retaining the old name for the city," "But in the contemporary context, 'Bombay' won’t be allowed at all" External link

rediff Wednesday, February 4, 2015 9:15:00 PM EAT

Pahlaj Nihalani told : “There is a government notification on this. Given the past controversy over the use of ‘Bombay’ in films, this was avoidable. There are some elements who make deliberate attempts to create controversy by using ‘Bombay’ keeping in mind future prospects,” External link

thehindu Tuesday, February 3, 2015 5:52:00 AM EAT

Pahlaj Nihalani told : “Given the past controversy over the use of Bombay in films, this was avoidable,” External link

nytimes Monday, February 2, 2015 11:15:00 PM EAT



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producer72.73%EN02/26/201526/02/2015
president18.18%EN09/09/200809/09/2008
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Raza Murad said ( about Pahlaj Nihalani ) : “Toofan Singh is a Punjabi film based on a terrorist. The Pahlaj led CBFC banned the film because according to them the film glorifies terrorism, and that might give a wrong message to today’s youth. However, the film has been released in many countries, and has been received warmly. Unfortunately, it never saw the light of day in India. Hopefully, it will someday,” External link

expressindia Thursday, August 24, 2017 2:00:00 PM EAT

Prakash Jha explained ( about Pahlaj Nihalani ) : “I feel like any producer whose movie has been denied certification, which is bad. I feel that Nihalani and the committee did their work, in the manner, they deemed fit. Even though I have faced certain issues over the years with the CBFC, I will not say that I feel targeted by the board,” External link

expressindia Saturday, February 25, 2017 5:30:00 AM EAT

Anurag Kashyap told ( about Pahlaj Nihalani ) : "We have a humongous problem with Nihalani but if he goes who will come? What's the guarantee that if someone comes, he will not interpret the Cinematograph Act and the law the same way, or may be worse or better. The system needs overhaul. It is not just Nihalani, who needs to be replaced, which we want," External link

timesofoman Tuesday, June 14, 2016 9:38:00 PM EAT

Anurag Kashyap added ( about Pahlaj Nihalani ) : “Removing Mr Nihalani is not the solution, we need to change the system,” External link

expressindia Tuesday, June 14, 2016 8:37:00 PM EAT

Shatrughan Sinha says ( about Pahlaj Nihalani ) : "I haven't seen Udta Punjab -- I will soon -- but speaking from an objective point of view, Pahlaj is doing a thankless job, and doing it most efficiently," External link

rediff Tuesday, June 14, 2016 1:03:00 PM EAT

Shatrughan Sinha told ( about Pahlaj Nihalani ) : "The filmmakers, who are attacking him (Nihalani), forget that he has not made the rules. He is only following the guidelines laid down by the government. Don't shoot the messenger if you don't like the message," External link

dnaindia Monday, June 13, 2016 4:03:00 PM EAT

Anurag Kashyap said ( about Pahlaj Nihalani ) : "This fight has been going for long, every time a new information and broadcasting minister takes over, we hope that this guy will understand. When Nihalani took over as chairman of CBFC, we had tons of hope. We had no idea what was in store," External link

economictimes Thursday, June 9, 2016 2:56:00 AM EAT

Anurag Kashyap said ( about Pahlaj Nihalani ) : “When my film Bombay Velvet was in the revising committee, the same people who were in the examining committee were in the revising committee, which should not be allowed. And then he [Nihalani] doesn’t listen or argue. he tells you what to do. He lectures you that this is how the film works. Nobody gives a damn… We were told that they were referring the film to the revising committee and Mr Chairman will get back to you. Mr Nihalani was not there. He did not get back to us for days…,” External link

expressindia Wednesday, June 8, 2016 6:21:00 PM EAT

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Pahlaj Nihalani said : "First of all, I wasn't even there when the photo-shoot for the film happened. She had gone for the shoot with her then-secretary Rakesh Nath who also looked after Madhuri Dixit. So what she wore for the photo-shoot or didn't wear was not my lookout," "Secondly does Kangana remember how desperately she needed this role in my film 'I Love You Boss', which she is now calling porn, and how much she requested me to cast her? Kangana had gone around the entire film industry with Aditya Pancholi knocking on every producer's door for work. But it didn't happen. No one signed her. Only I ventured to sign her, although I was advised against it," External link

news18 Saturday, March 30, 2019 12:52:00 PM EAT

Pahlaj Nihalani recalled : "Kangana said she won't work with Shatruji. She told me Zarina Wahabji had advised her not to. She didn't take Aditya Pancholi's name. She took his wife's name. I was livid. Was Kangana in a position to turn down a film with a legend like Shatrughan Sinha? That was the end of the project" External link

news18 Saturday, March 30, 2019 12:52:00 PM EAT

Pahlaj Nihalani tells : "I did not offer him Rangeela Raja " External link

rediff Monday, February 11, 2019 3:20:00 PM EAT

Pahlaj Nihalani recalls : "Though he married two or three times and though he has a son, Mahesh lived all alone. He had an impressive dog for a companion whom he was very proud of. He would take the dog everywhere; he treated it like a tiger," "Mahesh was all macho and tough, muscled and sinewy long before the gym culture hit the entertainment industry" External link

rediff Monday, February 11, 2019 3:20:00 PM EAT

Pahlaj Nihalani said : "I am being targeted for my blunt views on the workings of censor board, and because of me, my leading man Govinda is being targeted. If you ask me, Govinda and I have the maximum number of enemies in the film industry," External link

news18 Tuesday, January 22, 2019 1:57:00 PM EAT

Pahlaj Nihalani said : "I am being targeted for my blunt views on the workings of censor board, and because of me, my leading man Govinda is being targeted. If you ask me, Govinda and I have the maximum number of enemies in the film industry," External link

business-standard Tuesday, January 22, 2019 1:33:00 PM EAT

Pahlaj Nihalani said ( about Kader Khan ) : "Meeting him was always like running into an embodiment of the Hindi film industry. He could do anything, and he did everything. It's a pity his health began to fail in the last 10 years. Kader bhai had so much more to give," External link

business-standard Tuesday, January 1, 2019 2:11:00 PM EAT

Pahlaj Nihalani explains : "By questioning him before the censor certificate you are challenging the CBFC's authority as the final body to decide the fate of a film," External link

rediff Sunday, December 3, 2017 6:20:00 PM EAT

Pahlaj Nihalani asks : "Why is one of India's best film-makers being made to explain himself over and over again?" External link

rediff Sunday, December 3, 2017 6:20:00 PM EAT

Pahlaj Nihalani explains : "By questioning him before the censor certificate you are challenging the CBFC's authority as the final body to decide the fate of a film," External link

rediff Saturday, December 2, 2017 10:33:00 AM EAT

Pahlaj Nihalani asks : "Why is one of India's best film-makers being made to explain himself over and over again?" External link

rediff Saturday, December 2, 2017 10:33:00 AM EAT

Pahlaj Nihalani said : "It's Illegal to export film 'Padmavati' to UK before getting a certificate from India," External link

asiantribune Thursday, November 23, 2017 10:16:00 AM EAT

Pahlaj Nihalani said : "I have abided by all the rules and regulations which were given to me. I have done my job according to those directives. No one ever told me that CBFC is just a certification body, because there are acts in the rule book which I have to follow," "Also, before the Benegal Committee was appointed, I had suggested to the government that the guidelines devised in 1952 should be revised according to today's times and a rating system should be introduced," External link

ibtimes-in Tuesday, October 31, 2017 3:37:00 AM EAT

Pahlaj Nihalani told : "Children from the film industry are spared for obvious reasons. But young people from outside are not spared. Not only by producers. And it's not just girls who are exploited, it's also boys who are sexually exploited by producers, casting directors, casting agents and middlemen. Many of these middlemen are actually pimps. They promise roles to boys and girls in exchange for sexual favours on behalf of actors, producers, casting directors," External link

ibtimes-in Tuesday, October 31, 2017 3:37:00 AM EAT

Pahlaj Nihalani told : "The lobbying was against me and not the CBFC," External link

dnaindia Sunday, September 24, 2017 7:31:00 PM EAT

Pahlaj Nihalani says : "It's a very clean, adult, family film," External link

rediff Monday, September 4, 2017 7:20:00 PM EAT

Pahlaj Nihalani says : "Every film has a different story and different way to market. It is for the current chair at CBFC to decide cuts. If you can't digest an adult film, it's not my problem. I am not using my image as a publicity stunt to promote this film," External link

rediff Monday, September 4, 2017 7:20:00 PM EAT

Pahlaj Nihalani says : "It was a big challenge while it lasted. When I came in, there was rampant corruption in the CBFC. I got rid of all the middlemen and touts who made money in the censor certification process. They too must be celebrating Diwali in advance this year," External link

rediff Saturday, August 12, 2017 2:43:00 PM EAT

Pahlaj Nihalani said ( about Dil Hai ) : "Firstly, there is a difference in the intention and purpose of the kisses in Befikre, and the ones you mention in the earlier films (Tamasha & Ae Dil Hai Mushkil). Those earlier kisses were very intimate and sexual in nature, and were shot in lingering close-ups. In Befikre, the kisses are used as signs of affection warmth and kinship. And they are not shot in close-ups. That makes a helluva difference in terms of impact," External link

ibtimes-in Saturday, August 12, 2017 11:58:00 AM EAT

Pahlaj Nihalani said : “Omkara was her son Saif Ali Khan’s film. The board cleared it on her pressure which set the trend and release of films like Gangs of Wasseypur happened,” External link

expressindia Saturday, August 12, 2017 10:58:00 AM EAT

Pahlaj Nihalani says : "It was a big challenge while it lasted. When I came in, there was rampant corruption in the CBFC. I got rid of all the middlemen and touts who made money in the censor certification process. They too must be celebrating Diwali in advance this year," External link

rediff Saturday, August 12, 2017 8:17:00 AM EAT

Pahlaj Nihalani told : "That's our job as per rules," External link

rediff Wednesday, August 2, 2017 5:27:00 PM EAT

Pahlaj Nihalani said : "Maybe some self-appointed intellectuals of our film industry feel it is okay to break the law as long as they can ridicule the jurisdiction of the CBFC" External link

ibtimes-in Wednesday, March 8, 2017 6:14:00 AM EAT

Pahlaj Nihalani told : "Every Indian should think of the soldiers who are fighting terrorism and the enemy on the border. Actors are insignificant and we should not waste our energy on the issue of who said what on the issue, people should not give any importance to the statements they make," External link

dnaindia Sunday, October 9, 2016 7:01:00 PM EAT

Pahlaj Nihalani said : “Why are we talking about the artists? Instead, we should talk about India and Pakistan. To give a visa to any Pakistani is the sole decision of the government, and we as producers and actors, are saying they are not terrorists and that art and culture should never come in between,” “The way our country was developing relations with Pakistan, the same way Karan Johar and Shah Rukh Khan had accepted the Pakistani actors, and now, this film should be released and should not face difficulties, because through this, not only will these actors suffer losses, but also the nation and the film industry will suffer,” External link

tribune Monday, October 3, 2016 8:43:00 PM EAT

Pahlaj Nihalani told : “Why are we talking about the artists? Instead, we should talk about India and Pakistan. To give a visa to any Pakistani is the sole decision of the government, and we as producers and actors, are saying they are not terrorists and that art and culture should never come in between,” External link

dailytimesPK Monday, October 3, 2016 7:35:00 PM EAT

Pahlaj Nihalani said : "Why are we talking about the artists? Instead, we should talk about India and Pakistan. To give a visa to any Pakistani is the sole decision of the government, and we as producers and actors, are saying they are not terrorists and that art and culture should never come in between," "The way our country was developing relations with Pakistan, the same way Karan Johar and Shah Rukh khan had accepted the Pakistani actors, and now, these films (Raees and Ae Dil Hai Mushkil) should be released and should not face difficulties, because through this, not only will these actors suffer losses, but also the nation and the film industry will suffer," External link

dnaindia Saturday, October 1, 2016 4:54:00 PM EAT

Pahlaj Nihalani added ( about Karan Johar ) : “Karan Johar and other filmmakers signed Pakistani actors when relations(India-Pak) were fine,so would be wrong to try & stop their film release now,” External link

expressindia Friday, September 30, 2016 4:07:00 PM EAT

Pahlaj Nihalani informs ( about Appellate Tribunal ) : “Not for us. But the Film Certificate Appellate Tribunal, known as the Tribunal, still requires a DVD copy,” External link

dnaindia Friday, July 8, 2016 5:54:00 AM EAT

Pahlaj Nihalani said : “The person responsible has already been identified and the leak will be tracked down. We will cooperate if we are approached as part of the investigation,” External link

expressindia Wednesday, June 22, 2016 6:14:00 PM EAT

Pahlaj Nihalani said : “The person responsible has already been identified and the leak will be tracked down. We will cooperate if we are approached as part of the investigation,” External link

expressindia Friday, June 17, 2016 8:32:00 AM EAT

Pahlaj Nihalani said ( about Income Tax ) : "It's not about anyone's victory or defeat. Be it CBFC, Income Tax or any other department, people can appeal a higher authority against the order. This is a democracy and if people don't even have this right then anything can happen," "I was doing my duty. I will continue to do that as per the rules that are given to us. It is not a setback," External link

timesofoman Tuesday, June 14, 2016 9:38:00 PM EAT

Pahlaj Nihalani told : "We welcome the court's decision. I congratulate the producers on their win. We stand by the producers. They will obviously go to a place where they can get relief. It's their right," External link

mid-day Tuesday, June 14, 2016 2:08:00 PM EAT

Pahlaj Nihalani said ( about Income Tax ) : "It's not about anyone's victory or defeat. Be it CBFC or Income Tax or any other department, people can appeal a higher authority against the order. This is a democracy and if people don't even have this right then anything can happen," External link

mid-day Tuesday, June 14, 2016 2:08:00 PM EAT

Pahlaj Nihalani said : "he was only implementing the act that was framed for CBFC to function with full honesty" External link

economictimes Tuesday, June 14, 2016 3:40:00 AM EAT

Pahlaj Nihalani said : "The claim of the producer that the board asked him to change the title of the film is false," External link

ChinaPost Tuesday, June 14, 2016 3:33:00 AM EAT

Pahlaj Nihalani said : “We have cleared Udta Punjab under A (restricted for adult audience) category, after 13 cuts the CBFC's job is now over. It is now up to the producer to go to court or tribunal. We will implement the order” External link

dailytimesPK Monday, June 13, 2016 2:11:00 PM EAT

Pahlaj Nihalani told : “We have today cleared Udta Punjab under A (restricted for adult audience) category after 13 cuts,” External link

expressindia Monday, June 13, 2016 2:09:00 PM EAT

Pahlaj Nihalani said : “The CBFCs job is now over. It is now up to the producer to go to the court or tribunal. We will implement the order,” External link

expressindia Monday, June 13, 2016 2:09:00 PM EAT

Pahlaj Nihalani told : “We have today cleared Udta Punjab under A (restricted for adult audience) category after 13 cuts,” External link

expressindia Monday, June 13, 2016 8:06:00 AM EAT

Pahlaj Nihalani said : “The CBFCs job is now over. It is now up to the producer to go to the court or tribunal. We will implement the order,” External link

expressindia Monday, June 13, 2016 8:06:00 AM EAT

Pahlaj Nihalani told : “We have today cleared Udta Punjab under A (restricted for adult audience) category after 13 cuts,” External link

expressindia Monday, June 13, 2016 12:09:00 AM EAT

Pahlaj Nihalani said : “The CBFCs job is now over. It is now up to the producer to go to the court or tribunal. We will implement the order,” External link

expressindia Monday, June 13, 2016 12:09:00 AM EAT

Pahlaj Nihalani added : "This is not about the personal decision of the chairman or his views. I have no individual authority. We act as per the guidelines. I am a very liberal person but I am not the only person to have a say," External link

rediff Friday, June 10, 2016 11:07:00 PM EAT

Pahlaj Nihalani told : "The film has been passed. They need to submit the cuts and take the certificate," External link

TheFrontierPost-en Friday, June 10, 2016 2:53:00 PM EAT

Pahlaj Nihalani told : "The film has been passed. They need to submit the cuts and take the certificate," External link

mumbaimirror Thursday, June 9, 2016 12:22:00 PM EAT

Pahlaj Nihalani claimed ( about Anurag Kashyap ) : “I’ve heard Anurag Kashyap has taken money from AAP to show Punjab in bad light,” External link

expressindia Wednesday, June 8, 2016 9:20:00 PM EAT

Pahlaj Nihalani told ( about Anurag Kashyap ) : "There is absolutely no truth in his allegations and he (Kashyap) is lying to the media. Our job is to give a certificate to the movie, which we have and we have passed the movie. They should come and take the certificate from us along with cuts. The CBFC takes its individual decisions and the panel members then decide if the movie should be passed or not. We have taken a unanimous call and the picture has been cleared, but there are certain cuts that have been made," External link

dnaindia Wednesday, June 8, 2016 7:40:00 PM EAT

Pahlaj Nihalani told : “The film has been passed. They need to submit the cuts and take the certificate,” External link

tribune Wednesday, June 8, 2016 5:03:00 PM EAT

Pahlaj Nihalani claimed ( about Anurag Kashyap ) : "I've heard Anurag Kashyap has taken money from AAP to show Punjab in bad light," External link

dnaindia Wednesday, June 8, 2016 4:54:00 PM EAT

Pahlaj Nihalani told : "The film has been passed. They need to submit the cuts and take the certificate," External link

afp-en Wednesday, June 8, 2016 4:03:00 PM EAT

Pahlaj Nihalani said : "What dictatorship is he talking about? Nearly eight movies of his have been released in the last one year. Not once has he come here. Every time he creates noise by creating such unwanted controversy to get attention to get his movies running," External link

economictimes Wednesday, June 8, 2016 2:02:00 AM EAT

Pahlaj Nihalani said : "There is no pressure on us. They can go to the tribunal or court now. Our only concern is the entire movie is completely based on Punjab. All the characters are negative. It will hurt the whole community," External link

economictimes Wednesday, June 8, 2016 2:02:00 AM EAT

Pahlaj Nihalani told : "We have not recommended any cuts. Yes, the Examining Committee had a few reservations and couldn't come to a consensus on the film, because of which they suggested that the makers take the film to the Revising Committee. However, the makers decided to move to the tribunal instead, which is absolutely their call. Our decisions at the CBFC are not based on what a certain political group has to say about a movie. There is no ban from our end. We aren't authorised to ban a movie; we can pass it or reject it," External link

ibtimes-in Sunday, May 29, 2016 8:40:00 AM EAT

Pahlaj Nihalani told : “I have not made up these words. The list was given to me by my office and it was circulated among us. It was not for the media. It was not to be made public. It was given to them to follow the guidelines,” External link

expressindia Wednesday, February 18, 2015 7:36:00 AM EAT

Pahlaj Nihalani said : “Omkara was her son Saif Ali Khan’s film. The board cleared it on her pressure which set the trend and release of films like Gangs of Wasseypur happened,” External link

expressindia Tuesday, February 17, 2015 10:20:00 PM EAT

Pahlaj Nihalani said : “I have not made up these words. The list was given to me by my office and it was circulated among us. It was not for the media. It was not to be made public. It was given to them to follow the guidelines,” External link

expressindia Tuesday, February 17, 2015 10:20:00 PM EAT

Pahlaj Nihalani says : "The Maharashtra government officially changed the name of ‘Bombay’ to ‘Mumbai’ in 1995. Still, if filmmakers and song-writers continue to use the unconstitutional name for the city, we have no choice but to delete it. The city is called Mumbai, not Bombay. People like Mihir Joshi, who have probably grown up in the city, should know this. Making films and writing songs are a social responsibility. You can’t change Geography and History just to sound trendy" External link

rediff Wednesday, February 4, 2015 9:15:00 PM EAT

Pahlaj Nihalani says : "If a film is a period drama, if it is set during a time when Mumbai was called Bombay, we may consider retaining the old name for the city," "But in the contemporary context, 'Bombay' won’t be allowed at all" External link

rediff Wednesday, February 4, 2015 9:15:00 PM EAT

Pahlaj Nihalani told : “There is a government notification on this. Given the past controversy over the use of ‘Bombay’ in films, this was avoidable. There are some elements who make deliberate attempts to create controversy by using ‘Bombay’ keeping in mind future prospects,” External link

thehindu Tuesday, February 3, 2015 5:52:00 AM EAT

Pahlaj Nihalani told : “Given the past controversy over the use of Bombay in films, this was avoidable,” External link

nytimes Monday, February 2, 2015 11:15:00 PM EAT



Key Titles and Phrases Count Lang Last Seen
director9.09%EN03/03/201703/03/2017
producer72.73%EN02/26/201526/02/2015
president18.18%EN09/09/200809/09/2008
Names Lang Count
Pahlaj NihalaniEN99.72%
Pahlaj NihalaniFR0.28%


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Raza Murad said ( about Pahlaj Nihalani ) : “Toofan Singh is a Punjabi film based on a terrorist. The Pahlaj led CBFC banned the film because according to them the film glorifies terrorism, and that might give a wrong message to today’s youth. However, the film has been released in many countries, and has been received warmly. Unfortunately, it never saw the light of day in India. Hopefully, it will someday,” External link

expressindia Thursday, August 24, 2017 2:00:00 PM EAT

Prakash Jha explained ( about Pahlaj Nihalani ) : “I feel like any producer whose movie has been denied certification, which is bad. I feel that Nihalani and the committee did their work, in the manner, they deemed fit. Even though I have faced certain issues over the years with the CBFC, I will not say that I feel targeted by the board,” External link

expressindia Saturday, February 25, 2017 5:30:00 AM EAT

Anurag Kashyap told ( about Pahlaj Nihalani ) : "We have a humongous problem with Nihalani but if he goes who will come? What's the guarantee that if someone comes, he will not interpret the Cinematograph Act and the law the same way, or may be worse or better. The system needs overhaul. It is not just Nihalani, who needs to be replaced, which we want," External link

timesofoman Tuesday, June 14, 2016 9:38:00 PM EAT

Anurag Kashyap added ( about Pahlaj Nihalani ) : “Removing Mr Nihalani is not the solution, we need to change the system,” External link

expressindia Tuesday, June 14, 2016 8:37:00 PM EAT

Shatrughan Sinha says ( about Pahlaj Nihalani ) : "I haven't seen Udta Punjab -- I will soon -- but speaking from an objective point of view, Pahlaj is doing a thankless job, and doing it most efficiently," External link

rediff Tuesday, June 14, 2016 1:03:00 PM EAT

Shatrughan Sinha told ( about Pahlaj Nihalani ) : "The filmmakers, who are attacking him (Nihalani), forget that he has not made the rules. He is only following the guidelines laid down by the government. Don't shoot the messenger if you don't like the message," External link

dnaindia Monday, June 13, 2016 4:03:00 PM EAT

Anurag Kashyap said ( about Pahlaj Nihalani ) : "This fight has been going for long, every time a new information and broadcasting minister takes over, we hope that this guy will understand. When Nihalani took over as chairman of CBFC, we had tons of hope. We had no idea what was in store," External link

economictimes Thursday, June 9, 2016 2:56:00 AM EAT

Anurag Kashyap said ( about Pahlaj Nihalani ) : “When my film Bombay Velvet was in the revising committee, the same people who were in the examining committee were in the revising committee, which should not be allowed. And then he [Nihalani] doesn’t listen or argue. he tells you what to do. He lectures you that this is how the film works. Nobody gives a damn… We were told that they were referring the film to the revising committee and Mr Chairman will get back to you. Mr Nihalani was not there. He did not get back to us for days…,” External link

expressindia Wednesday, June 8, 2016 6:21:00 PM EAT